Wooden Mjolnir Build

Discussion in 'Marvel Costumes and Props' started by TheWolfofBees, May 31, 2015.

  1. TheWolfofBees

    TheWolfofBees New Member

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    Hello Everyone!

    I am an amateur builder/prop make who runs a small woodworking shop in Ontario, Canada. In the past I've done a few video game replicas but recently I started working on Marvel inspired prop: Mjolnir!

    I've seen a lot of really awesome builds of it done on here but none of them were quite what I was looking for. I primarily in the past have worked in wood and so am attempting this build entirely out of wood.

    Feedback/Comments/Criticisms is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,
    -The Wolf of Bees

    I started with making the large block that the head of the hammer would be cut from. Rather than spending a lot on a large enough solid piece I opted for glueing thinner 1.5" thick pieces together I had lying around. Once they were sized out to the 7.5" ish legnth of the prop they were cut out on the table saw.

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    It took 4 blocks to make up the entire bulk with the 4th one being chopped slightly to take off the extra .5". Sorry if some of the pictures are a blurry, I was rushing a bit and not paying attention to the quality of photos I was taking.

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    The final block after being all glued up and dried for 24 hours. It's very solid and has a nice weight to it. Heavy enough you know it's there, but not too heavy that you can't pick it up and spin it around.

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    I hope to have some more pictures/work finished soon so stay tuned!
     
  2. The Full Armor

    The Full Armor Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looking forward to more pictures. Are you you planning to use a wood burning tool to create the designs?
     
  3. TheWolfofBees

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    I'm not quite sure yet to be honest. I had initially planned on relief carving all of them. We'll see, it will be a lot of hand work either way!

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    Now that the block had dried, I started marking out the spaces for the handle, the indents and the sloped edges.

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    Once I decided on roughly accurate angles (My block isn't perfectly 1:1 with the prop due to how it' made, so I adjusted the angles slightly as needed as so aesthetically it will appear the same) I took the block to the table saw and began to cut corners! (I also love dad-jokes)

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    Finished cutting all the faces. I took a hand file and neatened up the new corner angles at either end so that they were a little more uniform. Because the block was 100% square they all varied slightly, but with a little finishing you can't tell.

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    I then cross cut the block where the sloped edges and the sides meet to add a slight lip to the hammer, starting to really take shape now.

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    I'm pretty sure the designs I've been going off of are the version of the hammer from Thor 2 (although I may accidentally be pulling from more than one of the films). Here I cross cut out the bottom indentation of the hammer where the handle connects. Once all the slats where in I used a chisel to pop all the slats out and smooth it flat.

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    Hopefully I'll have more before too long!

    - The Wolf of Bees.
     
  4. jarradfx

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    I was actually thinking of doing this myself, my school has quite the variety of machines and tools available to make one of these bad boys. Subbed! :)
     
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  5. TheWolfofBees

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    A bit more progress done now with the beginnings of a handle and the end cap.

    I grabbed a piece of 1/8 thick poplar that I had lying around to make the end cap out of. Traced out the circumference and marked the center.

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    I took this piece over to the bandsaw and cut off a few of the edges to make the rounding a bit easier, then slid it on to my hobby lathe to turn round.

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    Round and sanded, ready to take on its inscription!

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    I found some reference from the films and copied it out in pencil as evenly spaced as possible, took around 3 attempts to get it all fitting nicely. It lacks the spacing between words, but in favour of having a bit more detail I figured it was not as important, would be too small otherwise. I used a small router dremal bit to carve out the detail. I think this may be the last carving my dremel ever does, I accidentally dropped it off the table and it broke. It is a sad day but I got around 5 years of heavy use out of it so it definitely was worth every penny.

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    I haven't glued it on yet, just placed it to give an idea of how it'll fit in. I'm thinking it may be in the way when I go to do the detail work on the sides so I'll leave it off for now so it doesn't get scuffed up.

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    I had an old broken maple bo lying around that looked perfect for the job of handle so I cut off a section to see how it would fit.

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    It was a snug fit so I gently tapped it in about an inch with a rubber mallet....aaaand I couldn't get it out. Apparently it was a pretty snug fit so I decided I'd just tap it in the other 3 inches and call it a day. (I had simply drilled a hole on the drill press of roughly equal size). No glue for this and I don't think it will ever come out, that joint is solid.

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  6. jimbob1986

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    That is coming together really well. I've been thinking about having a go at making a wooden Mjolnir myself, and this build is some great inspiration. Looking forward to seeing it finished
     
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  7. rocket20

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    I really like how you are showing step by step progress. :)
     
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  8. Xtafa

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    Which version will the final product be?
     
  9. TheWolfofBees

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    I'm pretty sure it will be closest to the Mjolnir from Thor 2. I'm not entirely sure of all the differences between them so I may accidentally mix up a few features. I'm gonna have a look again at the source material before I start doing the handle details though to try and match it correctly.
     
  10. TheWolfofBees

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    Hey all,

    Slow progress as I've been shuffling my time between a few different projects, but I'm wanting to get this one finished up reasonably soon!

    I find so many people have a scrap bin that doesn't get put to great use, so I make extra effort to try and use up my cutoffs!
    Here I grabbed two scrap pieces and glued the up to turn into the pommel (pun intended!)

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    Once dry I clamped the piece and took it over to the drill press. Part of the reason for the delay has been I needed to get a proper sized forstner bit for drilling out the center of the handle pieces. I couldn't use the spade bit I used to introduce the handle to the head because of how tight the fit was, it would break my thin pine fittings.

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    Took it over to the handle to double check if the depth was good, I ended up drilling it deeper after I turned it.

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    Turned the piece round and to the basic profile, it looks a lot different without the cut out sides.

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    I then took a coping saw and sliced out my sides top down, cleaned up the bottom by clamping and drilling it round and neatening the hole thing up with a file.

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    Not sure why this one posted upside down, but starting to draw on the design for carving. There will be a lip around the edge like the original and the carving will be relief in the center.

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